Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone is not on MTV’s list of The Best Albums Of 2009 (So Far).

This is unacceptable, but somehow we’ll muddle through. My thoughts on the horrors of Best Of lists of any kind are well documented, but in the interest of sparking a wild debate over the half-year in music, I thought MTV’s, make that writer James Montgomery’s list is a good jumping off point.

No doubt everyone will have their favorites who MTV and Montgomery deem not worthy of the list. There’s a pretty solid Honorable Mentions section of those oh-so close; I’d say the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach’s first solo effort, Keep It Hid, is top-10 material, as is the Silversun Pickups Swoon.

But that’s just me.

And of course Neko Case cannot even get an honorable mention. Is there really a need to go on?

The Top 10? Here’s a quick look without Montgomery’s comments, which are worth a read:

  • 10. Mos Def, The Ecstatic
  • 9. Lily Allen, It’s Not Me, It’s You
  • 8. Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali
  • 7. Wilco, Wilco (The Album)
  • 6. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
  • 5. Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted
  • 4. Dinosaur Jr, Farm
  • 3. Dan Deacon, Bromst
  • 2. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • 1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion

No Neko Case (Middle Cyclone). No The Low Anthem (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin). No Justin Townes Earle (Midnight at the Movies). No Great Lake Swimmers (Lost Channels). No M. Ward (Hold Time). No Levon Helm (Electric Dirt).

And on and on and on….

I’ve looked over a bunch of Best Albums of 2009: mid-year editions, and oddly enough Neko Case pops up a lot! But if Montgomery is more hip to Kelly Clarkson that’s okay by me.

It’s his list and he’s sticking to it. It’s not as if I have a top-ten list to show everyone who would then critique my well thought out album selections. But if I did have a top ten list of the best albums of 2009 (so far), by golly Neko Case would be on it.

Now you’ve seen the list. Who did they egregiously forget, and who has no right whatsoever to be on such a list?